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The Birthright AFRICA Journey

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Eligiblity
Register as a Birthright Virtual Scholar
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- Between the ages of 13 – 30 of Black/African descent
- a U.S. citizen
- Have not traveled to an African nation after the age of 12
- Follow @birthrightafrica
- Participate in virtual programming
- Explore & share your hometown cultural sites & family story exploration
- Attend Birthright AFRICA Virtual panels
- Connect with peers across the African continent
- Apply to a Birthright AFRICA Program with an Education Partner
- Once accepted, prepare for your exploration!
Attend the Annual Birthright AFRICA Legacy of Innovation Celebration to reunite with fellow alumni & share your experience with the larger Birthright AFRICA Tribe

Virtual Scholars

Due to COVID-19 travel measures, Birthright AFRICA travel programs are currently suspended and will resume once travel bans are lifted and it is deemed safe for scholars to travel internationally. Programming is now virtual. As a Birthright AFRICA Virtual Scholar, you can

Are you ready to
uncover your roots?

Once you have determined your eligibility, complete the Birthright AFRICA Scholar Registration form below. Once you have completed your registration, you are officially a part of the Birthright AFRICA database. Once you’ve registered as a Birthright AFRICA Scholar, are part of our database, and have participated in virtual programming, all you have to do is simply wait to receive a referral by Birthright AFRICA to an Education Partner to apply to a Birthright Program. An Education Partner is a high school, college, or community-based organization that has partnered with Birthright AFRICA to create amazing local, national, and global experiences for all Birthright AFRICA scholars. Education Partners will review all scholar applications and select Birthright Scholars for their Birthright Programs based on phone or in-person interviews.
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All Birthright AFRICA scholars must be

  • Between the ages of 13 – 30
    of Black/African descent
  • a U.S. citizen
  • Have not traveled to an African nation after the age of 12
  • Follow @birthrightafrica on Instagram

I am committed now more to myself than I have ever been….. After the trip, I am more affirmed that all things were possible with hard work and dedication.

Tredesha Howard

2017 CUNY Birthright Alumna

I have learned to love myself more as an African American and to take pride in where I come from. I will implement what I have learned from the Birthright AFRICA program into my career goals by using the confidence to speak up, seek help, and aspire to do and say what I dream of doing.

Mikel Haye

2018 CUNY Birthright Alumni

Growing up I was definitely very proud of my African roots but I think the Birthright AFRICA program has certainly played a major role in enhancing that awareness. I am now entertaining the idea of moving to the continent once I graduate college.

Peteso Barlee

2018 CUNY Birthright Alumna

I have far more pride in my African heritage.

Elijah Mogoli

2019 GrowHouse Birthright Alumni

I loved the weather, the natural foods, the people, the fashion--it was beautiful. I have also had my views on returning to Africa demystified. Africa has awakened in me. My sense of belonging somewhere is real and has been realized.

Shanell Naylor

2019 GrowHouse Birthright Alumna

What I discovered about myself is all I wanted was to find my place amongst Africa. As an African-American we are convinced there is no place of belonging or welcome, and worst, that no one is interested. I didn't know the depth of my longing to be among my people, and how sick America can make you without such ties to your Homeland.

Christyn Harris-Harrell

2019 Urban Sankofa Project Birthright Alumna

I want to play a significant role in the development and unification of the continent. After seeing and experiencing what I did, a new sense of purpose developed within me. I now have a specific cause to dedicate my efforts to on a grand scale.

Kareem Williams

2019 GrowHouse Birthright Alumni

I love Africa, more than I ever thought I would.

Anthony Castro

2019 Urban Sankofa Project Birthright Alumni